Alabama cavefish

Only nine specimens of the cavefish have been observed and scientists estimate that less than 100 of the fish are left on the planet.

The Alabama cavefish lives in the demersal, freshwater environment.

The Alabama cavefish is classified as Critically Endangered (CR), facing an extremely high risk of extinction in the wild.

CHARACTERISTICS: The Alabama cavefish is one of the rarest troglobitic fish species in North America. It is characterized by an extremely elongate, flattened head with a laterally constricted snout and a terminal mouth. More

The Alabama cavefish, Speoplatyrhinus poulsoni, is a critically endangered type of cavefish which lives in underground pools in Key Cave, located in northwestern Alabama on the Key Cave National Wildlife Refuge. More

The Alabama cavefish is a typical troglobite. More

Alabama - The Alabama cavefish is only found in Alabama and is listed as endangered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. More

* States/US Territories in which the Alabama cavefish is known to occur: Alabama * USFWS Refuges in which the Alabama cavefish is known to occur: KEY CAVE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE * More

Just seeing the two Alabama cavefish was cause for optimism among the scientists. The Alabama cavefish, which is listed as a critically endangered species by the U.S, Fish and Wildlife Service, is one of the rarest fish in the world. More

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LAWS: The Alabama cavefish (Speoplatyrhinus poulsoni) has been designated a Endangered species pursuant to the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (50 CFR 17.11; P.L. 93-205, 87 Stat. 884; 16 U.S.C. 1531-1540), as amended. More

THE ALABAMA CAVEFISH IS ONE OF THE RAREST-perhaps the rarest-fish in the entire world, and it resides only in Alabama. It was discovered in Key Cave in 1966 by Dr. John E. More

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The bodies of Alabama cavefish allow them to survive without vision via elaborate appendages and beefed-up nerve centers. More

While the Alabama Cavefish feeds on juvenile crayfish, the adult (shown here) is larger than the cavefish itself. (Photograph courtesy Bernard Kuhajda.) Armed with an elaborate system of neuromasts (sensors that are extremely sensitive to vibrations) the Alabama Cavefish is extremely skittish and quite difficult to catch. More

to sit in the water with a dip net, waiting for Alabama Cavefish that may or may not appear. More

The Refuge is the only known location of the Alabama cavefish which inhabits the underground pools in Key Cave. More

The Alabama cavefish, Speoplatyrhinus poulsoni, is one on of the most endangered species of fish in the world due to its low population size, restriction to a single cave (Key Cave), and threats to the cave’s recharge area. More

While additional Alabama cavefish could live in parts of the cave that are inaccessible to humans or in the aquifer beneath the maze of caverns, Kahajda suspects most live near the entrance. More

For example, the Alabama cavefish lives in only one cave near Madison, and development is approaching. But if buildings, pavement and stormwater drains are planned properly they can avoid harming the cave's water and its resident population of cavefish, Kuhajda said. More

the Alabama cavefish, considered to be one of the rarest freshwater fish in the world. (US FWS) The Alabama portion of the Tennessee River Basin is located along what is called the “Great Bend. More

Common names

Alabama cavefish in English
Alabama-hulefisk in Danish (dansk)
宽吻盲鮰 in Mandarin Chinese
宽吻盲鮰 in Unknown
寬吻盲鮰 in Mandarin Chinese
寬吻盲鮰 in Unknown

Order : Percopsiformes
Family : Amblyopsidae
Genus : Speoplatyrhinus
Species : Speoplatyrhinus poulsoni
Authority : Cooper and Kuehne, 1974